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Reading suggestions from the book piles of Penguin Books Australia staff.

It’s an enormous thrill to be able to read books before they hit the shelves. And, let’s face it, it’s why many Penguin Books Australia staffers are in the publishing business to begin with. Words spread pretty fast around here, so every month we whip around the offices to ask what everyone is reading. These are some of our current favourites.

  • Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake, and getting to know his three-year-old daughter, Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything . . .

  • A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making A Murderer on its head, Greenlight will shock with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

  • On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

  • From the bestselling, multi-award-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words - an unmissable journey into the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

  • Unpolished Gem with a touch of Stasiland: a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia’s civil war and suburban Australia.

  • The long-awaited new collection of short stories from Australia’s master of the short-story genre.

  • Speculative fiction of the highest calibre: one woman fights to retain her sense of self amidst the chaos of work, motherhood and alternative universes.

  • From the winner of The Women's Prize winner and New York Times Bestseller An American Marriage.

  • Things are about to get messy for the Peski Kids as mud-run madness descends on Currawong!

  • From one of Australia's most iconic singer-songwirters, John Williamson, comes this hilarious family song, with a special new verse, brought to life by award-winning illustrator Peter Carnavas.

  • If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Roald Dahl’s larger-than-life characters, then think again! It’s time to meet them face-to-face, as you’ve never seen them before.

  • The heart-stopping new novel of deception and delusion from the bestselling author of The Girl in Kellers Way.

  • In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

  • Teeming with energy, humour and heart, a love song to black Britain told by twelve very different women.

  • Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk.

  • A radical love story for right now, from 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times)

  • The epic new novel from the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie – a playful inversion of Don Quixote set in contemporary America.

  • Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most revered writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness.

  • Aura Parker's playful rhyme and energetic illustrations combine to create the perfect picture book for the very young about colours and bathtime.

  • Get your geek on with this girl gang as they design, make, game, hack, code and more! Developed in partnership with Girl Geek Academy.

  • Research professor and TED talk phenomenon Dr Brené Brown reveals how to choose courage over comfort, so we can step up, make a difference and dare to lead.

  • The new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul.

  • The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

  • A little book of the history-making, ground-breaking speeches by an extraordinary young woman who has taken the world by storm.

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